Colorado Seeks Second, Third

The Colorado Rockies are looking to take the second game of the three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies, and their third consecutive win, in tonight’s 6:10 contest at Coors Field in Denver. Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (3-8, 6.05) steps to the mound to face Phillies’ righty Vance Worley (4-5, 3.54) in a battle of two teams that look like sellers as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches. Guthrie is coming-off successive 6-inning/2-run starts after pitching in the piggy-back role during the early weeks of Colorado’s 4/75 rotation.  The Rockies opened the post-All Star Break portion of their season with a crisply executed 6-2 win over Philadelphia and Cliff Lee on Friday night, receiving a sharp, effective start by rookie left-hander Christian Friedrich and a sensational debut by fellow rookie Josh Rutledge, who went 2 for 2, drove-in 2, walked and stole a base.

The bespectacled Worley has been effective for the Phillies, allowing no more than 3 earned runs in all but one of eight starts dating back to May 11.  Philadelphia, which only recently regained the services of perennial all-stars Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, has lost five straight and trails first-place Washington in the NL East by 15 games.  The Phillies are playing .420 ball, barely better than lowly Colorado in their first non-contending campaign in recent memory.  Former Rockie Juan Pierre will bat seventh and start in left-field for Philadelphia.

Shortstop Rutledge is back in the Colorado lineup, tonight with Wilin Rosario behind the plate, and 1st baseman Michael Cuddyer returning to the clean-up slot.  Game-time weather in lower downtown will feature a temperature of 88 degrees with winds from the south at a gusty 18 mph and 18% relative humidity.  Temperature and wind speeds are expected to drop as play proceeds.  Tonight’s action will be broadcast on the local outlets, Root Sports and KOA 850 am.

PHILADELPHIA (37-51)
SS        Jimmy Rollins
CF        Shane Victorino
2B        Chase Utley
1B        Ryan Howard
C          Carlos Ruiz
RF        Hunter Pence
LF        Juan Pierre
3B        Mike Fontenot
P          Vance Worley
COLORADO (34-52)
CF        Dexter Fowler
2B        Marco Scutaro
LF        Carlos Gonzalez
1B        Michael Cuudyer
RF        Tyler Colvin
3B        Jordan Pacheco
C          Wilin Rosario
SS        Josh Rutledge
P          Jeremy Guthrie

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Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago

The suspense is killing me. Can we actually go 7 days without a loss? We shall see.

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

Bob. We went 5-6 months without a loss. Of course that was last fall and winter.

DRH
DRH
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Not really. Several of O’Dowd’s trades were definitely losses. Gotta consider his performance as well as those on the field.

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

One of the many drawbacks of the 4 man 75 (or so) pitch limit is the drain on the bullpen. Early in the year Tracy was complaining (as we all were) about the starters not going deep into games. Now they are not allowed to. Last night there was no reason to pull Friedrich. But he did and Besilele and Brothers both pitched. Tonight they did again. The results weren’t so good. Meanwhile he only uses Betancourt to save games.… Read more »

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